WHEN the Rector of St Wilfrid's, of Brayton, in
York diocese, the Revd Pete Wilson, decided to
grow a moustache during November, taking part in the challenge now
globally known as Movember, which raises awareness and funds for
men's health charities, his Curate, the Revd Richard Battersby,
agreed to join him.
"On the whole," Mr Watson said, "men are pretty rubbish when it
comes to their health. We need to be aware of the illnesses that
can affect men, and encourage men to go to the doctor if they're
worried. So, when I decided to take part in Movember this year, I
announced it in church. Richard was sitting next to me at the time;
so he had to join in, too."
What they had not expected was that the two churchwardens, both
women, would encourage them quite so wholeheartedly. "Sue, my
fellow churchwarden, decided that we ladies should support Pete and
Richard," Carol Snowden declared. "So she gave out false
moustaches, and when Pete read out the notice about his
fund-raising at the end of church, we all put our moustaches on,
and stood up to support them. It's a bit of a laugh, but I hope it
raises attention for a good cause."
Mr Battersby was teased a great deal about his moustache. "I've
had comments that I look like Poirot, or Captain Mainwaring from
Dad's Army. But I don't mind. It's helping raise money for
men's health charities. As long as people give me a fiver as well
as an insult, I'm happy."